Playboy to stop publishing nude photos of women, says they’re ‘passé’ – MarketWatch

Growth in internet porn pushes Playboy magazine to stop running photos of fully nude women, in a bid to make itself more relevant.

Source: Playboy to stop publishing nude photos of women, says they’re ‘passé’ – MarketWatch

I’m sure that most of my readers have heard the news that Playboy has decided to stop publishing full-out nude pictures, and that while keeping the centerfolds, tone the shots down to a PG-13 variety.

I’m bracing myself for the dozens, if not hundreds of essays in the near future, mainly from men of a certain age, bemoaning the loss, and waxing nostalgic about how those large-boobed, inviting-looking women were such a vital part of exploring their budding sexuality.

Personally, while I could write something similar, I’m finding myself feeling a bit ambivalent. I discovered Playboy when I was a young adolescent (my father had a subscription), and when I was in my 20s, I subscribed for several years. I can honestly say that I enjoyed the articles, tips on picking out clothing, how to mix drinks, etc. But by my mid-twenties, the pictures were leaving me a bit, well, unsatisfied – that’s the period where I was probably searching out more BDSM-ish or Femdommish images. This was pre-internet (yes, I’m that old), but computers and online BBS groups were fun places to trade the images. Eventually, I let my subscription lapse because Playboy just stopped being relevant to my needs.

And now that I’m well into middle age, I find that I rarely get worked up over pictures of women young enough to be my daughter. Yeah, they’re easy on the eyes, but I prefer to look at pictures of attractive women closer to my own age – something that Playboy (and similar publications) rarely, if ever, published.

So, Playboy is, well, not gone, but changed. I’ll remember it fondly, but I’ll file those memories away with my Walkman Cassette, my car phone, my dot matrix printer, and my Hayes 1200 Smartmodem.


Did I say that Playboy rarely posted shots of women closer to my age? Here are some shots of  a 50 year old Joan Collins from 1983; I have to admit, I remember these shots very well.

 

About Tom Allen

The Grey Geezer Dauntless defender of, um, something that needed dauntless defending. Dammit, I can't read this script without my glasses. Hey, you kids, get off my damn lawn!
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3 Responses to Playboy to stop publishing nude photos of women, says they’re ‘passé’ – MarketWatch

  1. I bought it for Snake for a few years after we got married but he got tired of it quickly too. But I remember some great road trips reading Hustler to each other. 🙂

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